HOP Hop hop

Roo Rangers and Bias Busters,
The Enlightenment or the environment? A false dichotomy or deep thoughts ?  😉
Are far too many people confusing scientific thinking with the opinions of scientists?
 
Some reach for the stars, others look at the mud. Do too few humans see the flowers in our garden while many only notice weeds? Is this just our evolutionary program running hot?
For  example, our old friend Green Science has been taking another beating this month. 
 
Duelling cartoons started the skirmish. One attacking the evidence the other the opponent. Then Nature journal put the boot in complaining about bias in science “It is likely to be prevalent in … economics, ecology, environmental science … A biased scientific result is no different from a useless one.” Ooooooo, that must have hurt. “In many cases, a researcher is more likely to falsely find evidence that an effect exists than to correctly find evidence that it does not.”  Oh nooooooooooo …  😉
       
Again, “Doubt has been elimated” says UNs Brundtland (2007), the new Swedish school science curriculum’s favourite (p9) . Strand (2012) counter punches with “it violated basic principles of research ethics: academic freedom, anti-dogmatism, organized skepticism.”
Go Strand go! 🙂 “… many 21st century citizens are endowed with critical skills and so little fear for authority, that they no longer obey, when leaders such as Brundtland say that doubt is eliminated”. Hopping between Scary Certainties now has a 40 year history.
       
     
DDT egg shells! … and then not … HOP! Ozone “Hole”! … and then not … HOP!                Acid Rain trees … and then not … HOP! Global Warming! … and then not … HOP!
            
Rainforest loss! … and then not … Hop! Acid Oceans! … and then not … Hop!
Species loss! … and then not … Hop! Sustainable Development! and then not … Hop!
       
Energy shortage! … and then not … hop. Precautionary Principle! … and then not … hop?  Is there a pattern here?  Steven Pinker says ”… the decline of violence is an accomplishment we can savour, and an impetus to cherish the forces of civilization and the enlightenment that made it possible.” [O-oh … Steve is not going to like me 😉 ]
Maybe we need some more … protection? A Roo Bar? … perhaps? A BIG one?
 

We humans have a long history of falling for Scares that are “certain to be true” that later are shown to be feel-good GroupThink moralising ruled by our touchy African savannah evolutionary program – “be part of a panicky herd, you are more likely to survive the lion that maybe is hiding in the long grass.”

 

Today our lives are much much much safer, but our brain’s “default” progam rolls on …

… and on and on and on …

… much to the benefit of The Media, politicians, Green groups, big business and … you guessed it 🙂 … activist scientists. A few more Critical Thinking Roo Bars are needed.

 

Time to reduce the body count I say. Roo Bars for one and all!

Every child (and adult) should have one! 🙂
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Note Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport (1960)             
 
Tan me hide when I’m dead, Fred,
tan me hide when I’m dead.
So we tanned his hide when he died Clyde,
And that’s it hanging on the shed.
Altogether now!
Tie me kangaroo down sport,
tie me kangaroo down.
Tie me kangaroo down sport,
tie me kangaroo down.Note
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The Enlightenment, Kangaroo Hide and Roo Bar loving Brady 🙂

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One Response to HOP Hop hop

  1. omanuel says:

    Brady, I appreciate your insight into the nature of humans.

    It is helpful to detach and consider the self-destructive behavior of “naked apes,” one of the more (if not most) intelligent, powerful, manipulative, creative, talkative and dangerous creatures living on an unusual ball of dirt at one (1) astronomical unit (AU) from the core of the Sun.

    Evolution recently endowed naked apes with morals, spiritual values and lofty new motives that occupy much of their waking time without removing old, instinctive impulses that still control most of their behavior – but are studiously ignored – by naked apes.

    Naked apes have the surprising ability to “see” what they are looking for and to “overlook” what they do not want to see, including flaws in others that they overlook in themselves.

    Desmond Morris, The Naked Ape (1967) 218 pages
    http://evolbiol.ru/large_files/naked_ape.pdf

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